(MYTHOLOGY) ~ [Woodcuts]. [Woodcuts c. 1544, binding ?England, early nineteenth century].
Small 18mo (82 × 71 mm, page size), 10 leaves, with 20 woodcuts with letterpress headings, neat manuscript foliation. Light thumbing. Early nineteenth-century ?English blue straight grain morocco, sides double ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, each pastedown with two further cut images: a woodcut horseman at the front and an etched ‘finis’ at the end. Slightly rubbed, but very appealing.
A very curious near-miniature album project, evidently made in the early nineteenth century in England, presenting 20 woodcuts cut from a mid sixteenth-century mythological dictionary: Johannes Herold’s Heydenweldt (this edition probably Basle, 1554). They include: Jupiter, Mars, Janus, Mercury, Apollo, Neptune, Bacchus, Venus, Vesta and Diana. The tiny woodcuts seem have been neatly cut from the large folio pages of the Hedenweldt and carefully bound, back to back. Each endpaper bears a further illustration, each cut to the image and mounted: a sixteenth-century woodcut of a mounted swordsman at the opening, and an engraved tailpiece of the word ‘End’ carved on a large boulder at the end. This treatment suggests an English collector’s hand: perhaps John Bellingham Inglis (1780-1870) who idiosyncratically adorned many of the books in his fine library with with unrelated woodcuts and engravings, closely cut and pasted to the end papers.